Vučić expects green light, exact date on June 28

BIJELJINA -- Aleksandar Vučić has said that he believes Serbia will on June 28 get "not only a green light, but also a starting date for the EU membership talks."

(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

The first deputy PM spoke late on Thursday for the Serb Republic (RS)-based media outlet RTV BN.

When asked whether Germany will be a stumbling block in terms of the date, Vučić said that Serbia respects Germany, that it stated its conditions, while Serbia said what can be done and what is in line with the Serbian laws, and this was done.

“We have not lied or deceived anyone, I believe that we have built up Serbia's reputation in the world,” Vučić said.

Today, Serbia is a country of hope, and not a country of ruin as it seemed yesterday, he said, adding that Serbia will be a country with which everyone will want to cooperate.

Asked whether it is true that the U.S. is lobbying for Serbia to get the date, Vučić said that he believes that the Americans know very well how important Serbia is in the Balkans and how much it has done.

“They have finally got partners who do not cheat or lie and who are ready to take heavy blows and fulfill their duties believing that the other side will fulfill its duties as well,” Vučić said, adding that he believes that the Russian partners will welcome the achievement of the date as well.

In reaction to a statement that the current Serbian government in now burdened with everything that has been done in the last 20 years, Vučić said that nevertheless that needs to be resolved.

“Now we have to pay for it all - Kosovo, corruption, public debt,” Vučić said, adding that for instance there are no problems with liquidity and export, which is higher than ever.

The import is almost completely covered by the export, the industrial production will increase, but there is a problem with the height of the public debt and the fiscal deficit, Vučić said.

Vučić, who is also in charge with the fight against corruption and crime, announced that in the coming days he will address new cases within the 24 dubious privatizations.